The Value of Humanity in Kant's Moral Theory [NOOK Book]

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The humanity formulation of Kant's Categorical Imperative demands that we treat humanity as an end in itself. Because this principle resonates with currently influential ideals of human rights and dignity, contemporary readers often find it compelling, even if the rest of Kant's moral philosophy leaves them cold. Moreover, some prominent specialists in Kant's ethics have recently turned to the humanity formulation as the most theoretically central and promising principle of Kant's ethics. Nevertheless, it has ...

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The Value of Humanity in Kant's Moral Theory

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Overview

The humanity formulation of Kant's Categorical Imperative demands that we treat humanity as an end in itself. Because this principle resonates with currently influential ideals of human rights and dignity, contemporary readers often find it compelling, even if the rest of Kant's moral philosophy leaves them cold. Moreover, some prominent specialists in Kant's ethics have recently turned to the humanity formulation as the most theoretically central and promising principle of Kant's ethics. Nevertheless, it has received less attention than many other aspects of Kant's ethics. Richard Dean offers the most sustained and systematic examination of the humanity formulation to date. He presents an original analysis of what it means to treat humanity as an end in itself, and examines the implications both for Kant scholarship and for practical guidance on specific moral issues.

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"Richard Dean aims not only to revolutionize the way Kantians think about the Formula of Humanity, but to generate whole new approaches to both Kant scholarship and the use of Kant in applied ethics.... Dean's book is certainly both challenging and stimulatingDean brings the issue of reconciling the unconditional value of the good will and the value of humanity as an end in itself to the fore, and this should inspire further moral enquiries of a sort that will be good not only for Kantian ethics, but for ethics and applied ethics in general."—Patrick R. Frierson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191536571
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/11/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 439 KB

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 What should we treat as an end in itself? 17
3 The good will reading meshes with major ideas of Kant's ethics 34
4 The textual dispute, and arguments in favour of minimal readings 64
5 Is the good will reading just too hard to swallow? 91
6 The argument for the humanity formula 109
7 How duties follow from the categorical imperative 131
8 Kantian value, beneficence, and consequentialism 157
9 Non-human animals, humanity, and the kingdom of ends 175
10 Would Kant say we should respect autonomy? 197
11 Autonomy as an end in itself? 226
12 Some big pictures 244
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